Black & White Carpet: Stéphane Kossman

Black & White Carpet: Stéphane Kossman

Between fashion week and the upcoming Oscars, the latest offering at the Samuel Owen Gallery is perfectly timed.

Last week I attended the opening for Black & White Carpet, an exhibit featuring the candid red carpet photographs by Stéphane Kossman, below. For the past 20 years, he has been covering the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival, first for “7 a Paris” and then for “Cinephage” magazine.

He quickly became known for his black and white photos of celebrities and directors caught off guard in candid moments.

During the festival in 2004 and 2005, the city of Cannes blew up several of Kossman’s shots as 100 square meter posters on buildings around town as a thank you to the photographer for his work.…

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NY Fashion Week Fall 2012: Monika Chiang

NY Fashion Week Fall 2012: Monika Chiang

Monika Chiang continues to her hone her vision as I saw in her capsule spring collection. With strong tailored lines, her clothes are feminine and sexy for the confident modern woman. Many sport classic lines but with a edgy or sometimes revealing detail. For fall she mixed fabrics with leather and fur for a luxe contemporary look. As with spring, I liked many of the outerwear pieces such as this felted wool funnel neck coat with leather yoke and scarf.

Here are side and back views

While I tend to prefer longer coats and jackets, there were some very tempting shorter ones.…

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The New York Botanical Garden Orchid Dinner

The New York Botanical Garden Orchid Dinner

Wednesday evening I was thrilled to attended the New York Botanical Garden‘s annual Orchid Dinner. This year’s event honored Tiffany & Co. for their foundation’s decade of support as the Founding Sponsor of The Orchid Show. There was also reason for celebration as the iconic company is about to celebrate its 175th anniversary. In addition to Tiffany, BNY Mellon and Veranda Magazine were again sponsors for the evening. I had heard what a beautiful event this was but must admit I was not prepared for the truly spectacular tables and centerpieces that were designed for the evening. Although I didn’t make it to every table, here is a round up of several I loved.…

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Wood Shop

Wood Shop

This past week I visited the fun concept store, Wood Shop, in NoLIta. The brainchild  of David Stark, the art installation has “ambushed” fellow RISD grad Nina Freudenberger’s stylish shop, Haus Interiors on Elizabeth Street. The temporary month long exhibit cleverly walks the line between gallery and retail experience  (you can also shop for items online on Haus’ website). David Stark is no stranger to creative concepts. The amazing artist, masquerading as a celebrity event planner, has executed the most extraordinary affairs for clients ranging from Beyoncé to The Museum of Modern Art. In addition to designing collections for West Elm, Stark has mastered the art of the pop-up with temporary stores for such iconic brands as Target.…

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New York Gift Show Finale

New York Gift Show Finale

I would imagine many of you are familiar with Belgian designer Serge de Troyer and his Miami based company. His lucite trunk, an iconic piece that I featured here, is now available in a smaller version. The pillow inside is part of a new collection cleverly made from upcycled fur coats.

Other new products include a chic woven leather bench

Stylish twig base table, available in a variety of finishes

as is the nature-inspired console (with the large lucite trunk below).

A new collection of accessories includes these handsome shagreen boxes.

And although not new, I had to share a shot of their incredible bar.…

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New York Gift Fair Finds II

New York Gift Fair Finds II

While I couldn’t possibly write about all the wonderful vendors I saw at the New York Gift Show, I thought I would give you a brief overview today and tomorrow of a few more favorites. This by no means represents everything I saw and liked but hopefully gives a little flavor of the diverse offerings.

Michelle Hatch, who I featured last year here, had many beautiful new pillows, some with fabulous vintage velvet ribbon. Her crisp clean designs are the perfect tailored addition to any setting.

I of course love that Audrey Sterk is a Nantucket resident. For over a decade she has been a part of the thriving artistic community there.…

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New York Gift Fair Finds Part 1

New York Gift Fair Finds Part 1

This is going to be a year of many firsts for me – and one was my visit to the New York International Gift Fair on Monday. Not wanting to be overwhelmed, I only included the Piers this time – and even that was a whirlwind of eye candy!! I was thrilled to see the beautiful booths of friends who own two of the most stylish companies around, both from right here in Connecticut.

Although Stacy Kunstel, editor/stylist extraordinaire and her partner, talented photographer Michael Partenio started Dunes and Duchess only fairly recently, it has already become a darling of the press and chic shops everywhere.…

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Living with Color in Connecticut Part II

Living with Color in Connecticut Part II

For any who missed Monday’s post, we are continuing our tour of an amazing Diamond Baratta designed house in Connecticut, full of color, collections and masterful coordination of pattern. Here we look down the stairs to the basement, with a hint of what’s to come. The walls are covered in a durable, subtle patterned anaglypta wallpaper, so appropriate for a family of seven!

A great venue for Superbowl or gaming fun, downstairs is a colorful, comfortable, practical space, perfect for the large family or crowd of guests.

  

And of course no room in this house would be complete without the requisite artisanal piece, in this case a fabulous rustic cabinet from Randy Holden.…

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Living with Color in Connecticut

Living with Color in Connecticut

There are some people who live in neutral, some who live in drive and some who live in overdrive. The same can be applied to living with color. Last week I was lucky enough to visit an amazing home belonging to people who definitely live in color overdrive. The owners of this beautiful house purchased it as construction was already underway by a local high end custom home builder. With substantial shingle style architectural and millwork details already in place they were able to customize and change some elements including all the hardware to bring the house up to their level of sophistication.…

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At the Movies + Bonus

At the Movies + Bonus

To be honest, I was going to write about a different movie today to kick off the Oscar season, but a little discovery caused me to change my mind (more on that in a bit). Today’s film is a classic Hitchcock that I’m sure most readers have seen. If by some chance this film has eluded you all these years, please make sure to add it to your Netflix list immediately.

Rear Window showcases Hitchcock’s uncanny ability to focus on our human foibles and make them not only entertaining but suspenseful. Jimmy Stewart plays L.B. Jeffries, a photographer, wheelchair bound from a job related accident.…

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